Perceiving Identity through Accent: Attitudes towards Non-Native Speakers and their Accents in English

Perceiving Identity through Accent: Attitudes towards Non-Native Speakers and their Accents in English

by Bettina Beinhoff
Perceiving Identity through Accent: Attitudes towards Non-Native Speakers and their Accents in English

Perceiving Identity through Accent: Attitudes towards Non-Native Speakers and their Accents in English

by Bettina Beinhoff

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Overview

Given the increasing use of English worldwide, attitudes towards non-native speaker accents in English is a growing research area. This author argues that certain types of variation in the pronunciation can have a significant effect on how listeners identify an accent and explores how this variation leads to certain attitudes towards the speaker.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783034308199
Publisher: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Publication date: 04/09/2013
Series: Contemporary Studies in Descriptive Linguistics , #35
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 8.86(h) x (d)

About the Author

Bettina Beinhoff is a lecturer in Applied Linguistics and English Language at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. She holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics and an MPhil in English and Applied Linguistics from the University of Cambridge, where she also worked as a Teaching and Research Associate from 2010 to 2012.

Table of Contents

Contents: English in a changing world: Sociolinguistic and social psychological issues – The structure of non-native English accents: Definitions, norms and the myth of the «neutral» accent – Learnability in Second Language Acquisition – Solidarity and status: Attitudes towards non-native English accents – Perceived variation in pronunciation – Attitudes towards variation in specific consonants.
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